Quebec community looks to the Supreme Court of Canada for recognition of Métis rights – CBC

by ahnationtalk on April 29, 2019206 Views

No court has yet recognized any Métis community east of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Apr 28, 2019

It’s been over a decade since Ghislain Corneau first brought his fight to the Quebec courts seeking recognition of constitutional rights-bearing Métis to occupy hunting camps on public lands, and now he is waiting to hear if the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case.

Corneau is a member of Communauté métisse du Domaine du Roy et de la Seigneurie de Mingan (CMDRSM), an organization that incorporated in 2005 with the mission to defend the rights of 4,000 members living across the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec who say they are Métis.

The Quebec government, as well as the Métis National Council, do not recognize the existence of Métis communities in the province, but Corneau and other members of the community are looking to the courts to assert rights under section 35 of the Constitution to continue using and occupying their camps in order to exercise hunting, fishing, trapping and gathering practices.

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